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Offensive struggles, defensive miscues doom softball in losses to Austin Peay and Army
Austin Peay (1-0)
2/9/2013 | Auburn, Ala. | Attendance: 68
2/9/2013 | Auburn, Ala. | Attendance: 0
Saturday, February 09, 2013
de Castro shuts out Bucs in game one, Army jumps all over young pitching in game two
Updated Sunday, Feb. 10, 2:05 a.m.
AUBURN, Ala. (Feb. 9, 2013) – The ETSU softball team found no better luck on day two of the Plainsmen Invitational Saturday from Jane B. Moore Field, getting shutout by Austin Peay in the Governors’ season opener, 5-0, and ending the tournament with a, 10-1, loss to Army in the night cap.
Lauren de Castro went the whole seven innings for Austin Peay (1-0) in game one, allowing just five hits and striking out two en route to the complete game shutout. The Governor pitcher also went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI triple in the third and later scored to put her squad up by three.
Game two was all Army (2-2), jumping on ETSU from the get-go with two runs in the first. The Black Knights went on to score in five of the seven innings, chalking up crooked figures on four occasions.
Freshman pitcher Sam Harrell (Okeechobee, Fla.) started vs. Austin Peay and came on to relieve game-two starter Elliana Cabrera (Hayden, Ariz.) midway through. On the day, Harrell combined for 6.2 innings pitched, allowing eight runs, four earned, nine hits, walking six and striking out eight. Cabrera went 3.0 innings against Army, taking the loss by allowing five earned runs, three hits, walking four and striking out two. Junior Katie Wolff (LaGrange, Texas) went 4.1 in relief of Harrell in game one, holding the Governors to just two earned runs and striking out four.
Offensively, the Bucs totaled 10 hits to the oppositions’ combined 18. Junior Jackie Baird (Ooltewah, Tenn.) reached base in all six plate appearances, singling twice, getting hit by two pitches – one in each game – reaching on an error and walking once. Sophomore Alex Everett (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) drove in the only ETSU run of the day, scoring Sam Carpenter (Forest City, N.C.) in the first inning against Army. Everett was 3-for-7 through both games with the RBI, while Carpenter was 2-for-7 with the run scored.
The ETSU softball team will look for some wins next weekend, scheduled to play five games in the College of Charleston Classic.
Austin Peay 5, ETSU 0 – Recap
After coming out with bats ablaze Friday, the Buccaneers were cooled off by de Castro, who handed ETSU its first shutout of the season. de Castro got some cushion in the form of two home runs, the first coming from Mel Pavel to open the scoring in the second and the latter coming off the bat of Jessica Ryan in the sixth and putting APSU ahead by the eventual, 5-0, final.
ETSU’s five hits in the game came off the bats of Everett, Baird and Carpenter, with Everett earning the only extra-base hit on a double. Carpenter was 1-for-3 in the aftermath of her two-homer game Friday night, while Everett was 2-for-3 and Baird reached base all three times at 2-for-2 and being hit by a pitch.
Baird broke through with the first ETSU hit in the second inning and got in scoring position off a wild pitch. The threat ended when she attempted to go for third on another pitch in the dirt. Pavel – who homered just over the wall off the bottom of the Auburn scoreboard in the top half of the inning – threw out Baird before Carpenter ended the inning popping up to short.
Down just a run, the Bucs headed for the third but allowed the Governors to take advantage of an extra at bat. Marissa Lake began the inning reaching on a throwing error by Carpenter that pulled sophomore first baseman Casey Horner (Whitesburg, Tenn.) off the bag. Harrell went on to strike out the next two, but the batter that should have never stepped to the plate in the inning, de Castro, tripled to the right-centerfield wall and later scored on a double from shortstop Kayla Davidson.
The Bucs remained shutdown offensively through the next few innings and Wolff escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam by forcing two harmless pop outs in the fifth.
APSU broke Wolff for the first time all day in the sixth on Jessica Ryan’s no-doubter over the left field wall with Shelby Norton on third. The damage could have been worse if not for a double play turned by Wolff just before Ryan stepped up to the plate. Wolff caught a soft liner off the bat of Lake and doubled up Amanda De Vries who broke for second on contact.
ETSU had missed opportunities in the fifth and sixth. Baird was hit by a pitch to leadoff the fifth and Carpenter followed with a single, but Horner came up and hit a deep fly ball to left that only made it as far as the warning track and catcher Whitley Hensley (Erwin, Tenn.) smacked a pitch right at third that doubled off Carpenter from first.
The sixth-inning threat started with two outs as Everett doubled and slid in safe at third on a fielder’s choice to put runners at the corners. Sophomore Haley Thompson (Nicholson, Ga.) stepped up and made solid contact on a liner to center, but the screamer was caught by Ryan.
Army 10, ETSU 1 - Recap
Eastern Arizona Community College transfer Elliana Cabrera (Hayden, Ariz.) made her first collegiate start in a game that began around 9:40 p.m. ET, surrendering five earned runs in 3.0-plus innings, allowing three hits, walking four and striking out two. Army was scrappy in their run production, singling and doubling in most of its runs and taking advantage of three ETSU errors.
Morgan Lashley earned the win and went five innings, allowing all five Buccaneer hits, two walks and striking out three. The big blow came in the fourth with Army only leading, 3-1, when a bases-loaded walk followed by a single up the middle from Marina Norton moved the West Point lead to 6-1. Norton finished 1-for-3 with three RBIs, while Amanda Nguyen was the only batter to earn two hits, scoring a run.
The Bucs’ lone run came in the bottom of the first when Carpenter led off with a double and scored on a single by Everett. Army had already put up two in the top half and responded to ETSU’s run its next time up when Christian McKone worked a two-out walk and made her way around on a stolen base, an infield single and eventually scoring on a wild pitch.
A big scoring opportunity eluded the Bucs in the bottom half of the second. Baird led off reaching on an error and Horner followed with a bloop single over first base to put two on with nobody out. Senior Sam Lower (Sebring, Fla.) popped up and junior Tara Hartnett (Snellville, Ga.) struck out before sophomore Nicole Fox (Peachtree City, Ga.) loaded the bases with an infield single, bringing up an RBI threat in Carpenter. The freshman – hitting .333 with three runs and four RBIs after her first collegiate weekend – worked the count and fouled off numerous pitches before going down swinging to end the inning.
The game fell apart in the fourth. Cabrera walked two to start the inning, forcing Irwin to go to Harrell. A bunt single loaded the bases and eventually three runs came around to put the Black Knights up five.
Two more were added in the fifth when a throwing error by Harrell allowed Army to take an 8-1 lead, and the deficit worsened in the seventh. ETSU missed another scoring chance in the sixth, unable again to take advantage of Baird and Horner both reaching base to start the inning. Lower grounded a ball to third that resulted in a 5-3 double play and pinch hitter Bethany Cowart (Ringgold, Ga.) grounded out to end the inning.
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